ELECTION 2021

Youngkin, McAuliffe spar over election audits

BY: - October 8, 2021

After calling for an audit of voting machines as part of his “election integrity” pitch, Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin now says he’s only expressing support for Virginia’s existing audit procedures. Though Youngkin has tried to cast doubt on whether his opponent, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, also supports those routine audits, it was McAuliffe himself […]

Democrats on defense as their new House majority faces its first electoral test

BY: - October 4, 2021

Virginia Democrats are playing defense in nearly a dozen competitive House of Delegates districts this year as they defend their new majority against GOP challengers hoping to win back ground lost during Donald Trump’s presidency. Commentators, observers and strategists across the political spectrum say they would not be shocked if Democrats lost between two and […]

COMMENTARY

With Trump sidelined and Biden floundering, has the Virginia GOP found its mojo?

BY: - October 4, 2021

For a politician, having a worst enemy is way better than having a solid ally. It’s not easy to rouse your village without a Grendel to vanquish. You have to come up with boring stuff like ideas for better ways to govern or how to fix what’s broken. Virginia Democrats have had an impressive decade-long […]

McAuliffe, Youngkin lock horns one last time before Election Day

BY: - September 29, 2021

Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin met for their second and final debate Tuesday night at the Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College, trading barbs over tax policy, the COVID-19 pandemic, crime and policing, abortion, the economy, education and climate change.  Moderator Chuck Todd, the political director for NBC News, opened […]

Hundreds of anti-abortion demonstrators marched near the Capitol in Richmond Friday as part of the third annual March for Life. (Photo by Graham Moomaw)

As Youngkin rejects Texas-style ban, GOP ticket steers clear of anti-abortion rally in Richmond

BY: and - September 18, 2021

If it didn’t count as a banned weapon, she would have brought her sledgehammer, anti-abortion activist Victoria Cobb told the March for Life crowd Friday from the steps of the Virginia Capitol.  The hammer, she said, is a symbol of what the pro-life movement hopes to do to former Gov. Terry McAulffe’s “brick wall” for […]

At first debate, McAuliffe walks back support for ending qualified immunity for police

BY: - September 16, 2021

Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe backed away from his support for ending qualified immunity for police Thursday during his first debate with Republican Glenn Youngkin, reversing a stance he took during the Democratic primary. McAuliffe’s campaign previously said he supported ending qualified immunity, a legal doctrine that can shield police officers from civil rights lawsuits unless […]

COMMENTARY

In a nationalized race, McAuliffe exploits the abortion furor while Youngkin hypes crime rates

BY: - September 13, 2021

Are Virginia elections really referendums on national concerns? Better yet, can candidates still compete on state-level issues? Both major-party gubernatorial candidates are nationalizing their campaigns to one degree or another, a phenomenon once rare in the drowsy, off-year Virginia elections that traditionally focused on parochial, almost arcane issues. Democrat Terry McAuliffe is staking his chances […]

COMMENTARY

Fed up, the vaccinated find their voice

BY: - August 30, 2021

A nurse breaks down in a TV interview after she’s held the hand of a third ICU patient to die of COVID-19 during just one grueling shift. Tick … tick … tick … Children are masked in their classrooms, yet they’re the lucky ones who are at school, not those forced for a third school […]

‘We, not me’: Hala Ayala focuses on ‘collective work’ in run for lieutenant governor

BY: - August 19, 2021

No matter who wins the race for Virginia lieutenant governor, a largely ceremonial job that nevertheless can be a springboard to bigger things, the election will make history, since no woman of color has ever held statewide office and there has never been a woman lieutenant governor. Last in a two-part Q&A series with the […]

‘Who knew Nixon was a homeboy?’ A Q&A with lieutenant governor hopeful Winsome Sears

BY: - August 18, 2021

No matter who wins the race for Virginia lieutenant governor, a largely ceremonial job that nevertheless can be a springboard to bigger things, the election will make history. No woman of color has ever held statewide office and there has never been a woman lieutenant governor. This is the first in a two-part Q&A series […]

COMMENTARY

Walking a tightrope on ‘election integrity’

BY: - August 12, 2021

If Glenn Youngkin, the Republican nominee for governor, displayed the same analytical skills he’s trumpeted on voting for any other issue, most Virginians would laugh him off the stage.  His claims that elections need greater scrutiny in the commonwealth are ludicrous – and besides, Youngkin should know better. Yet the longtime businessman continues to highlight […]

Libertarian vs. Liberation creates third-party conundrum on Virginia ballots

BY: - August 3, 2021

Most Virginia voters go for candidates with a “D” or “R” next to their name, but who should have dibs on the “L?” This year, election officials preparing November’s ballots were faced with the dilemma of how to differentiate the Libertarian Party from the Liberation Party, the newly formed initiative from gubernatorial candidate and social […]